A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novels)

69%

11 Critic Reviews

...irritating flaws in editing show up...while one character may uncover the kindness in Chief Inspector Gamache’s dark eyes, by the fourth repetition, he sounds like a beagle.
-Globe and Mail

Synopsis

A New York Times Notable Crime Book and Favorite Cozy for 2011
A Publishers Weekly Best Mystery/Thriller books for 2011

"Penny has been compared to Agatha Christie [but] it sells her short. Her characters are too rich, her grasp of nuance and human psychology too firm...." --Booklist (starred review)

"Hearts are broken," Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. "Sweet relationships are dead."
But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal. Chief Inspector Gamache, the head of homicide at the Sûreté du Québec, is called to the tiny Quebec village and there he finds the art world gathered, and with it a world of shading and nuance, a world of shadow and light. Where nothing is as it seems. Behind every smile there lurks a sneer. Inside every sweet relationship there hides a broken heart. And even when facts are slowly exposed, it is no longer clear to Gamache and his team if what they've found is the truth, or simply a trick of the light.

 

About Louise Penny

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LOUISE PENNY is The New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of seven novels featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Her debut, Still Life, won the John Creasey Dagger and the Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys Awards, and was named one of the five Mystery/Crime Novels of the Decade by Deadly Pleasures magazine. Penny was the first author ever to win the Agatha Award for Best Novel four times—for A Fatal Grace, The Cruelest Month, The Brutal Telling (which also received the Anthony Award for Best Novel), and Bury Your Dead (which also won the Dilys, Arthur Ellis, Anthony, Macavity, and Nero Awards). She lives in a small village south of Montréal.
 
Published August 30, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 350 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for A Trick of the Light
All: 11 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Excellent
on Aug 15 2011

...an exquisite touch with characterization, plotting and artistic sensitivity. And there could be no better explanation of A.A. than you will find here.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jul 04 2011

With her usual subtle touch and timely injections of humor, Penny effectively employs the recurring motif of the chiaroscuro...

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Examiner

Excellent
on Jun 26 2012

Louise Penny has created another masterpiece with the 7th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, “A Trick of the Light.”

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Sep 08 2011

Her knowledge of the art world, both of its techniques and the temperament of its inhabitants, enriches the mysteries with the same deft color and liveliness of other masters of the craft.

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Washington Times

Good
on Oct 07 2011

Agatha Christie probably would be happy in the idyllic little Canadian village of Three Pines, where murder seems to be the cottage industry.

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Globe and Mail

Below average
on Sep 16 2011

...irritating flaws in editing show up...while one character may uncover the kindness in Chief Inspector Gamache’s dark eyes, by the fourth repetition, he sounds like a beagle.

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The Washington Post

Good
on Aug 29 2011

...a writer blessed with considerable sophistication and literary skill...

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Above average
on Sep 02 2011

As a murder mystery, this is a fairly routine effort.

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Bookin With Sunny.

Good
on Aug 26 2012

It’s the beau­tiful intricacy of Gamaché’s thinking that makes all these books so rewarding.

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Mystery Tribune

Below average
on Dec 04 2011

This is a fairly routine murder mystery and there is little element of surprise...

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TheRecord.com

Below average
on Sep 16 2011

I was struck, too, by the amount of profanity in this book. Penny’s...characters have always used salty language, but in this book the profanity seems to have been raised a few notches, including some instances that seemed arbitrary.

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